During this season of Lent, we’re going to prepare to celebrate Holy Week by sharing why Holy Week is so important. The sermons in our services will resemble workshops as we work together to formulate faithful Christian confession. Come prepared to contribute to the conversation!
2/17-18/18 “The Gospel in 7 Words” 1 Peter 3:15
2/24-25/18 “Preparing to Confess” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 3/3-4/18 “Captivity and Freedom” Luke 4:16-21
3/10-11/18 “Death and Life” John 11:17-27
3/17-18/18 “Isolation and Community” 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
3/24-25/18 “The Gospel in Your Words” 1 Peter 3:15
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter themes will be shared in the March newsletter.
God bless your preparations during this Lenten season.
Words and Signs
Lent begins fairly early this year – February 14, St. Valentine’s Day. (The earliest day on which Lent can begin is February 4. The beginning of Lent is always based on Easter Sunday – which is determined by a lunar calendar.) This year Easter is on April 1.
Each year the purpose of Lent is to prepare us for Holy Week – our Lord’s Suffering, Death and Resurrection. This year our Lenten preparations focus on Words and Signs.
Midweek –Wednesdays: “Signs of Lent”
This is a series of worship services for Lent, based on the concept of road signs and how their messages apply to our life in Christ during the season of Lent: U-Turn, Stop, Merge, Yield, One Way, Dead End.
Ash Wednesday, 2/14/18 “U Turn” Joel 2:12-13
2/21/18 “ Dead End” Rev. Peter Lange, Eldon
2/28/18 “Stop” Rev. Tony Alter, Jeff City
3/7/18 “Merge” Rev. Brian Whittle, Stringtown
3/14/18 “Yield” Rev. Warren Brandt, Honey Creek
3/21/18 “One Way” Rev. Michael Diener, Holts Summit
Weekend – Saturdays & Sundays: “The Gospel in 7 Words”
Imagine that a friend or family member who is unfamiliar with your Christian faith asks you to summarize the gospel. She isn’t looking for a list of doctrines. She has no interest in hearing you recite the Apostles’ Creed. She wants to get to the heart of the matter. “In seven words or less,” she says, “tell me what you believe as a Christian.”
What would you say? How would you put it? Are you prepared to confess your faith in Jesus? To be a Christian is to “believe with your heart” and “confess with your mouth” the good news of God’s love for us in Christ (Romans 10:9-10). Peter calls us to be prepared always to give a reason for the hope that we have as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). Christians have the best news in the world to share. But are we prepared to share it?
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